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“Wow, my feet are cold!” said Greg Senken, of Shelter Island, as he emerged from the water off Crescent Beach, clad in only an American flag swimsuit.
With post-Thanksgiving temperatures barely over freezing, going for a swim in the Long Island Sound is rarely on the top of anyone’s “to do” list.
But for the people taking part in the fourth annual Shelter Island Turkey Plunge, taking...Read more »
In celebration of Thanksgiving Tuesday, kindergarten students at Wantagh Elementary School earlier this week studied pilgrims and American Indians and used a traditional recipe to whip up their own batches of butter.
Because Hanukkah falls during this traditional American holiday, for the first time since 1888, the students also discussed the meaning behind the Jewish holiday and spread their...Read more »
The Hempstead Town Board of Appeals has granted unanimously special exceptions and variances that would make way for a family-geared fitness complex on the site of the former Fortunoff’s Clearance Center property in Garden City.
The redevelopment project is a joint venture between two real estate developers, the Garden City-based Engel Burman Group and Woodmere-based Basser-Kaufman, which...Read more »
Hempstead’s Interfaith Nutrition Network, a nonprofit that operates soup kitchens throughout Long Island, recently received $75,000 from Walmart to aid with supplying food during the holidays.
The money is part of $1 million donated to pantries across the state by the retail store chain, according to a news release from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
“As New Yorkers gather with families across...Read more »
The Town of Brookhaven is seeking nominations for its annual women’s recognition awards.
The town Office of Women’s Services is asking community groups, businesses and individuals to nominate women who have distinguished themselves in fields such as business, community service, government, health care, law enforcement and sports.
Nominees must live or work in Brookhaven. Applications...Read more »
The Islandia Village Board unanimously approved a $2.7 million budget for next year at its Tuesday work session meeting.
The budget raises taxes by 72 percent, from 0.94 percent to 1.62 percent. The average owner of a home assessed at $40,000 will see a $22 monthly increase in taxes.
Village Mayor Allan Dorman has blamed the increase in taxes on declining revenue from tax assessments...Read more »
The Brookhaven Animal Shelter plans to add Sunday hours to encourage residents to adopt dogs and cats. The shelter will open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning this Sunday. The shelter will close on Wednesdays.
The town is offering free licenses for adopted dogs and is waiving fees for adopting, spaying, neutering and vaccinating pets. The waivers are in effect through Dec. 31.
The waivers...Read more »
SHELTER ISLAND Library seeks people for Turkey Plunge The Shelter Island Public Library is still looking for people willing to pay $25 to jump into Southold Bay on Saturday.
It’s for the library’s fourth annual Turkey Plunge, an after-Thanksgiving ritual that can draw hundreds of spectators to Crescent Beach before the actual plunge begins at 11 a.m. Scores of town residents — many in costumes...Read more »
When Michael Spelfogel receives a pop-up message on his cell phone, he knows one of his schoolmates needs help, and he’s ready to come to the rescue.
Whether they’re struggling with trigonometry, physics or French, students at South Side High School in Rockville Centre now have the ability to summon a tutor using a computer, smartphone or tablet.
In October, Spelfogel, 17, a senior,...Read more »
The Old Fashioned Village Christmas celebration in Babylon Village on Dec. 6 will close Deer Park Avenue to automobile traffic from Montauk Highway north to James Street.
The event, from 5 to 9 p.m., brings hundreds of visitors for music, food and evening shopping.
Mayor Ralph Scordino said the street closure is a first. “Over the years, the popularity of the Old Fashioned Night of shopping...Read more »